The  Big Ideas Homelessness Network is a community collaborative steering  group made up of representatives from the community and agencies who  have a vested interest in ending homelessness in Newcastle and the  Hunter region.

The Network is facilitated by Compass Housing Services.

Why a network?

In  March 2017, Compass Housing Services hosted a public event in  Newcastle, Ending Homelessness: The Big Ideas, where a group of speakers  presented to the community on existing concepts to end homelessness in  our region.

The Network was formed to continue the momentum.  

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The  Big Ideas Homelessness Network is now meeting regularly to identify the  key challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness and the  agencies that support them. Current topics include mental health  services, the role of the business community and longer term housing solutions.

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Current Network Projects


Common Ground Newcastle

The Network is currently working on a proposal for a Common Ground facility in Newcastle. A sub-committee has been formed to develop a collaborative strategy to progress this idea and make it a reality for our region.

Mental Health Outreach Services

Unlike most cities in Australia, Newcastle does not currently have a mental health assertive outreach program. The loss of funding for the previous program (Reaching Home) has had a considerable impact on the region and the Network is looking at options to assist with potential reinstatement of a similar program.

Community Pledge

The Network launched a community pledge to focus interest, advocate for change and coordinate the many efforts required to achieve our ambition of ending homelessness in Newcastle and the Hunter. Businesses, organisations and individuals are invited to join/commit to the pledge with a collective objective to ensure our actions work towards providing solutions to end homelessness and increasing awareness and education.

Potential Study to Map Homelessness Services

Staff from the University of Newcastle have previously been involved in a study to examine and determine the level of homelessness services integration within and between service providers and systems in Queensland. The Network is currently seeking funding to match $20,000 that has been committed by the Newcastle University to conduct a similar study in Newcastle and the Hunter region. Click here to read more.

App Development

The Network is exploring opportunities for the development of an App that would provide a 'digital vault' for people experiencing homelessness to store vital documents. We have secured pro-bono development of this software and are currently applying for funding to support testing and implementation.